Drugs abroad limit extended

Patients going overseas with controlled drugs for any time under three months no longer need an export licence.

Early this year, the Home Office extended its ruling from one month to three, stressing that patients must check the policy on import of controlled drugs in the country to be visited.

Dr Kerry O'Connor, a dispensing GP, recommends that patients continue to avoid the import issues and take a limited supply of controlled drugs, and seek a doctor in the visiting country to supply further.

Patients exporting controlled drugs are advised to continue to carry a letter issued by the prescribing doctor detailing their name, address, date of birth, dates of travel, country visiting and list of drugs including dosages and total amounts.

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